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Table of contents adjusting page breaks and new paragraphs

Participant ,
Jun 18, 2021 Jun 18, 2021

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For a while, I haven't been able to set up my TOC well. I have shown it here in 3 images and it doesn't look good because the chapters vary in the number of subheadings. 

 

Is there some way to set this up well in Indesign?

 

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Jun 18, 2021 Jun 18, 2021

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Are you saying that you don't like that the chapter listings are breaking across a page? You're aligning every item to a baseline grid and you're really dealing with a simple math problem. InDesign can't fix this for you. Honestly the only way I can see to fix this is to have a separate chapter on each page which is going to take up a lot more pages.

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It looks a bit messy to me, yes.

 

I agree that one chapter per page will be a bad solution.

I didn't expect Indesign to have a magic solution, but there could possibly be some tool that would make it easier.

 

 

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Again, you're dealing with a basic math problem. The content either fits in the area or it doesn't. No tool is going to be able to change that for you unfortunately.

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Well, any inputs welcome if someone has been in the same situation. 
I don't think I can make it smaller in the font size.

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The inconsistent subheadings in the chapters means it's not going to look balanced, whatever you do. You mention not being able to reduce font size, but even a small amount might help to approach this with 2 columns. You could span the main heading and the chapter names, and have two chapters per page, with the final chapter and appendix on the final page. You'd use 5 pages using this approach as opposed to 6. But as I say, it's still going to look a little unbalanced other than the fact that there will be two chapters per page. Personally I don't mind what you have, so long as there are no single lines anywhere which is never desirable.

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